The World's Coolest Office

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Third Runner Up: Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul

The Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul, Turkey, was transformed from an abandoned hotel into a fashion-and-media headquarters in roughly six weeks. By carving out all but an exterior ring of the building. However, due to Turkey's frequent earthquakes, the ring was required to stay free-standing. To fill the center, REX's engineers devised a plan for stacking steel boxes at curious angles inside the old building's skeleton, creating a magnificent "showcase," comprised of an auditorum, showrooms, meeting rooms, and executive offices. (Continued)